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Parents' Guide to

The Daring Book for Girls

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun activities, info, and skills for all genders and ages.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Teaches kids to summon demons

I’ll be honest, this is a fun book. It sparks my kid’s creativity. HOWEVER, while looking up “How to make friendship bracelets” for my 9 year old, I stumbled across “Bloody Mary” and how to summon her. (Page 102) I learned all about this in Public School. Many may think it’s a funny game, but teaching kids to meddle with demons is not ok in my book. I haven’t looked closely to see if there is anything else questionable in here, but that’s enough for me to keep this book away from kids without adult supervision.
age 6+

Recipes for Girl Power

My precouscious 6-almost-7-year-old loves this book. She combs its pages constantly. If this isn't her Bible, it is certainly fuel for her manifesto. Although its audience is much more diverse than its title, this book is great for rough and tough, strong-willed-women in the making. I'm sure Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have pulled this off the library shelf had it been published back when. If you have Dangerous Book for Boys, this would make a great friend on your shelf. I marked it "6 and up," but I'm sure Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Guardians etc would have a great time reading this to any age child. I'm a so-called grownup, and I love it too.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This entertaining book is packed with information and projects for kids to try -- and not just girls. With plenty of illustrations to guide them, more advanced readers can do most of these projects on their own; younger readers might need some adult help working out how to build a peg board game or getting the vinegar-to-baking-soda ratio right for a volcano. Like The Double Dangerous Book for Boys, The Daring Book for Girls offers something for everyone's areas of interest while leaning heavily on bits of nostalgia (roller skating, campfire songs, handclap games, and lemonade stands) that are still a part of childhood.

The list of daring things to try is pretty tame ("dye your hair purple") but the reasoning behind that tameness will resonate ("sometimes the scariest thing is just being a little bit different.").

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